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Frances Obie
04-08-2018, 01:25 PM
I had a wonderful day yesterday with an inspiring group of artists. Some were experienced, others had no art background but they all learnt about pastel application and skies by doing some technique exercises and a simple landscape. We worked on Terraskin with an acrylic underpainting. They all seemed happy and several asked for a follow-up workshop so I guess I did my job!
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water girl
04-08-2018, 02:28 PM
I'm happy to hear it worked well for you. So...have you created a few more pastel addicts? These paintings are wonderful!

Frances Obie
04-09-2018, 09:12 AM
I may have created a few addicts Karen. At the he very least they seemed enthused about continuing pastel painting at home. Yes, the results were very good!

04-09-2018, 11:10 AM
I'm so proud of you for making more pastel addicts. :)

What is Terraskin?
Regarding acrylic underpainting...acrylics can be pretty slick, does the pastel adhere to it? I have heard of watercolor underpainting or pastel/alcohol underpainting, but not really acrylic.

Frances Obie
04-09-2018, 02:24 PM
Hi Stapeliad. Thank you.
Terraskin is called paper but it is made from stone and a binder, not trees. It comes in many different sizes and is inexpensive. It lays completely flat and will not buckle. When you paint it with fluid acrylics and water the paint will crawl around the paper adding interesting abstract shapes to your composition. When the paint is dry, give it about 3 coats of pumice gel and it will take pastel without a problem. (For the class I tried to get away with only one coat of pumice gel and it worked for a quick painting but more coats are better for building up layers of pastel.)

04-09-2018, 02:29 PM
is the paper textured or smooth?
Now I want to try it. :)

Donna T
04-09-2018, 07:26 PM
I'm so glad your workshop went well, Frances! Thanks for sharing the photos. Looks like some very nice work and I'll bet the participants enjoyed themselves.

04-10-2018, 10:57 PM
Great to hear! Congrats on a successful workshop!